Match Preview: Huddersfield Town


Leicester’s fifth fixture in 15 days will be followed by a break of 14 days without a match. This will be City’s only opportunity to cement their status as League One leaders before another international weekend results in the postponement of Yeovil Town’s visit to the Walkers Stadium. Nigel Pearson will be urging one more push before a well-earned rest. With Oldham Athletic the Foxes next opponents, they’re going to need it.

Leicester have managed to win 19 points in their opening eight games. It took the Foxes 16 games to reach this total last season, 15 games in 2006/07 and 13 games in 2005/06. Credit goes to the lads at the Leicester City Football Fancast for that one.

Previous Meetings
Leicester last travelled to Huddersfield in 1995. Mark Robbins levelled the match after Darren Bullock’s opener, but City succumbed to a 3-1 defeat on a soggy evening in Yorkshire. Then as now, City faced the Terriers on the strength of what seemed an invincible away record. With the weather tomorrow looking equally gloomy, one wonders if lightning will strike twice.

We have to go all the way back to August 1956 to find Leicester’s last victory at Huddersfield, a 2-1 success.

Reasons To Be Confident
Leicester haven’t lost away in the league since April. They have three wins and a draw on the road so far this season in League One, the best record in League One.

The Galpharm Stadium has been no fortress for Huddersfield this season. They’ve taken just four points in front of their own fans, conceding an average of two goals a game. Both MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers have taken maximum points on Huddersfield’s patch this term.

Nigel Pearson seems to have honed his half-time team talks. Leicester have scored six times in the first ten minutes of the second half, conceding none.

Reasons To Be Worried
The last time Leicester topped the table, they immediately slumped to defeat at home to Millwall.

In the last three matches, Leicester have required an average of over 20 chances to score.

In the three matches in which Huddersfield have conceded the first goal, they have gone on to win two. The Terrirs comeback record is the second best in League One. Huddersfield will not be easy to put away.

On This Day
Leicester travelled to Craven Cottage on this day in 2003. Strikes either side of half-time from Luis Boa Morte secured a 2-0 win for Fulham as Leicester slipped into the Premiership’s bottom three. It was part of a run of five consecutive league defeats which set the tone of Leicester’s last season in the top flight.

Selected Odds
Huddersfield – 9/4 (Sky Bet)
Draw – 12/5 (Coral)
Leicester – 6/4 (betdirect)

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